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Desdemona the bride of Othello and Emilia the wife of the villain Iago are the two main characters in Shakespeares Othello Although they are both loyal to their husbands a sharp contrast between these women is realized with regard to their experiences and perceptions of reality Desdemona as well as Emilia are loyal wives who want to please their husbands For that reason Desdemona affirms I never did Offend you in my life never loved Cassio But with such general warranty of heaven As I might love I never gave him token 5258-61 She is veracious in saying that she has not cheated on Othello with Cassio therefore proving to him that she is loyal The only reason Desdemona makes that statement is to verbally please her husband Because Othello believes that she is lewd and unchaste Desdemona wants to appease his worries concerning her loyalty by reassuring him thus pleasing him Emilia is just as loyal to Iago as Desdemona is to Othello As Emilia speaks to herself in the next passage she also demonstrates how she pleases Iago as she says I am glad I have found this napkin My wayward husband hath a hundred times Wooed me to steal it I nothing but to please his fantasy 33287-296 When Emilia finds Desdemonas handkerchief she remembers that her husband had asked her to give it to him For that reason instead of giving the handkerchief back to her mistress right away Emilia gave it to Iago with the goal in mind of pleasing him Emilias actions therefore reinforce her loyalty to Iago Although these women have a strong sense of loyalty they differ in experience thus altering Desdemona and Emilias perception of reality On account of Othello and Desdemona being newlyweds as quoted by Iago Faith he tonight hath boarded a land carack If it prove lawful prize hes made for ever Hes married 1250-52 they would
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